“It’s the least I could do. We’re both part of the Alabama family.”

Is there any doubt Junior is signaling as hard as he can without looking completely desperate that he’ll be there for ‘Bama after Saban retires and neither Dabo nor Kirby takes the head coaching job?

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32 responses to ““It’s the least I could do. We’re both part of the Alabama family.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    We can only hope that The Kiffin Kancer gets the opportunity to do for Bama what he did for Southern Cal.

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  2. Keese

    Didn’t he leave before the bowl game and piss off Saban

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  3. Huntindawg

    I didn’t read it that way. I doubt even Kiffin has any hope of ever landing that job.
    To me it looked like a good way for Kiffin to draw attention to his program and probably try to help recruiting.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Come on, man. Lane Kiffin doesn’t give a shit about FAU, hell he’s never cared about anyone other than #1. You think he suddenly has detoured from his usual path of self-promoting to land a better gig?

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  4. I never use the word never… But if Nick has any say in it, he will NEVER coach at Bama again. I think Dabo is their guy and their fall back is Pruitt, if Pruitt turns UT around.

    There is ‘zero’ incentive for Kirby to go to Alabama. He is Alma Mater. And he has built his own program out from under the shadow of Saban. And with Saban out of the way, the door opens even more to build out the trophy case in Athens.

    They’ll go for broke with Dabo – and try to find the right branch out of the Saban tree if that doesn’t work.

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    • 86BONE

      Very well said Randy and I concur…

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    • Cojones

      ‘Bama will never replace Saban and all they can do is hire another coach with credentials for the job. Kirby nor Dabo need to move from where they are and picking a replacement coach at ‘Bama couldn’t go wrong using Gunby’s internet method (and they could use a village to find the right guy).

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    • Macallanlover

      I think Dabo would be the number one choice, assuming he maintains his status as a winner until Saban steps down. Note: I don’t think he will take the Bama position unless he becomes unpopular at Clemson.
      I don’t think Pruitt will ever be a candidate for the job. Based on my feelings he is a long shot at succeeding in Knoxville, he just doesn’t seem to have the skillset to manage a big time program, or to patiently work through issues (and there are a lot at TN). If he does work through the dumpster fire at TN and succeeds, he would be a very popular choice in Tuscaloosa, and throughout the fanbase. He will have to be very careful in how he succeeds though, he must win a lot and never, ever dare to beat Alabama, say in a press conference he wants to beat Bama, say he believes anyone could ever beat Alabama, or thinks his team should even try to beat the Tide, nor submit a Coaches Poll ballot that has anyone but Alabama as number 1…especially the final one which is made public. To do so would cost him any chance of ever maintaining the support of a majority of the fans.

      I expect Saban to stay there at least 5 more years, unless he is willing to take on the NFL again. Whomever succeeds Saban will have to be the slam dunk winner of hottest coach over that time period a year or two before that time, and have expressed an opinion that Bama is his dream job. Kirby is out because he has said UGA was his dream job, plus he is obviously cheating on the recruiting trail and talking negative about Bama. 🙂

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      • Mayor

        Yes to all the above. I have it on good authority and from an inside source that SOD is all set to take over from Saban once Nick retires. (We can all hope–right?) 🙂

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  5. willypmd

    How awesome would Kiffen at bama be just based on the entertainment value?!?

    I think he would likely be pretty successful there as well

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  6. If Pruitt gets Tennessee to fog a mirror, I’d think he’d be the guy. His Alabama high school hero routine will help him there.

    Kiffin would kill at Arizona once Sumlin is finished burning it down. I’d be shocked if Kiffin leaves Boca for anything other than a P5 job, and I’d be equally shocked if it’s not in the PAC-12.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I still wouldn’t trust Kiffin to manage a major program. He’s a good offensive coordinator, and he’s an okay head coach, but I doubt he’ll ever do anything more than middling success with a major program.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Don’t think Pruitt will be making any HC stops after Tennessee.

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      • pantslesspatdye

        I think Pruitt turns around the ship at Tennessee and after he jumps to Alabama they get even better under the close watch of the Great PUmknbahhahahaha

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  7. AusDawg85

    Not even Jimmy Sexton thinks he could pull that deal off.

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  8. Go Dawgs!

    I read someone speculating as a joke that Kiffin would be Georgia Tech’s next hire after Paul Johnson is either fired or just gives up. I have to say, I seriously was frightened by the prospect. His first two years would be tough playing with that roster. But if you put a young, brash guy like Kiffin in downtown Atlanta and somehow make Tech seem cool then I think he’d start to get some players. And if he’s got some talent, I think he’s a great offensive mind and the sky is the limit. I’d hate to see him there. I’d like to see him land a Pac 12 gig like Arizona as gatrigguy suggested above. I’d like to see him far, far away from anything having to do with our schedule. He flamed out hard at USC, but he was also the sanctions coach. I think he’s a winner.

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  9. 79Dawg

    I still remember the Al Davis press conference, where he looked like the old Emperor from Star Wars (the originals dammit!), and thinking he was completely nuts firing Kiffin and had lost his mind! Should have given him A LOT more credit…

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  10. RangerRuss

    Those toothless inbreds at Bama would hire anybody if they thought it would lead to continued success. Kiffen,CUM,Petrino or Danny Ford. They hired Saban back when he was the lying,contract breaking Sabanocchio.

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  11. Uglydawg.

    David Cutcliffe got it right.
    The tranquility and lack of pressure while winning at a school with intelligent and realistic fans (and administration) is worth more than the money one would make at Alabama..where the fanbase is demanding beyond all sensibility, or Tennessee, where the fanbase is delusional. It’s just not worth the stress and headache that comes with having to deal with a whole state full of Phyllis’s and Harveys.
    If you’re already making fantastic money, coaching kids that are hard working and fun to be around…why court a heart attack, a brick being thrown through your office window, finding for sale signs in your yard after every loss, or having your family humiliated just to stand with a coke can in front of you and have to answer questions that you don’t have time for.
    Alabama might find it hard to get a really successful coach to come there after Saban.
    It’s going to be like following the Beatles act in a concert hall.

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    • Larry Coker

      Ug, you make a real point. History teaches us that the guy who follows the legend takes it in the back and gets fired, often while succeeding but not succeeding enough.

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  12. siskey

    My two cents on the Alabama situation is that it took them 25 years to replace Bryant and at least arguably Saban has done more in less time under more scrutiny so anyone that took that job would be wise to see what happened from 1982 to 2007 and proceed accordingly. I don’t think it is going to be a turnkey operation as much as it would appear to be from afar.

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  13. sniffer

    Once Saban passes Bryant, he’s playing with house money and will walk away anytime he sees fit. I think he would like to see how many titles he can win but he will wake up one morning, drive to Burton and throw his phone in the lake.

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